Md. gang member pleads guilty to extorting business owners

A Maryland man pleaded guilty to extorting business owners in Langley Park.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland said Jilmer Hernandez-Alvarado, 27, of Hyattsville is a member of MS-13, “an international criminal enterprise that is active throughout the United States.”

According to Hernandez-Alvarado’s plea, the gang created income from a number of sources, such as extorting money from businesses, including unlicensed businesses where the gang operated.

From February 2018 to December 2020, Hernandez-Alvarado along with other gang members planned to extort money or “rent” payments from several business owners through threats of violence, a Justice Department news release said.

They threatened to harm the business owners if they did not pay.

Hernandez-Alvarado faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the extortion conspiracy. He has a sentencing date of Dec. 5.

Tadiwos Abedje

Tadi Abedje is a freelance digital writer/editor for WTOP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. Journalism has been his No. 1 passion since he was a kid and he is blessed to be around people, telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

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